Car survival kit

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Leo B
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Car survival kit

Post by Leo B »

Here is a list of items recommend by CAA to include in your winter emergency kit:
  • Flashlight (preferably crank-type, because batteries don’t last long in extreme cold)
  • Reflective safety triangles or flares
  • 1 SOS Window Sign
  • A first-aid kit (see below for a list of items)
  • Snow brush and scraper
  • Traction aids
  • Small shovel with long handle
  • Bag of abrasive material: sand, kitty litter (avoid road salt, which can cause your vehicle to rust)
  • Plenty of windshield washer fluid
  • Booster cables and booster to startup a car when no other cars around
  • Gas-line antifreeze
  • Lock de-icer (in extreme cold, keep it with you, rather than in your vehicle!)
  • Paper towels
  • Small tool kit (screwdriver, pliers, etc.)
  • Extra fuses (for the vehicle’s electrical system)
  • Warm blanket
  • Extra socks, boots and gloves
  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Bottles of water
  • Granola bars
  • Tire hole patching kit (pliers are needed for removing nails from tires)
  • Pump: either hand pump or electric pump
  • Winch: either hand-cranked or electric for pulling yourself out of a ditch using a tree
  • Chain for pulling yourself or others out of a ditch using another car
In addition to the above Redcross recommends to include the following medkit:
  • 1 Reflective Safety Vest
  • 1 Large Nitrile Dipped Work Gloves
  • 1 Hooded Poncho
  • 1 EMT Scissors
  • 1 CPR Mask with One Way Valve
  • 1 Non Woven Triangular Bandage
  • 4 Fabric Knuckle Bandages
  • 5 Butterfly Closures
  • 2 Fabric Bandages
  • 20 Quick Bandages
  • 4 Cloth Fingertip Bandages
  • 6 Gauze Pads
  • 2 Roller Gauze
  • 1 Simple Wrap
  • 10 Hand Cleansing Towelettes
  • 1 Biohazard Waste Bag
  • 1 Nickel Plated Tweezers
  • 1 Small Ice Pack
  • 1 Non Woven Tape
  • 2 Pairs of Disposable Gloves
  • 1 12 hours Glow Stick
  • 1 First Aid Guide
  • 1 Elastic Bandage
  • 2 ABD Dressings
Please add your comments/other items, what works and what doesn't. I've used booster cables many times myself, so I recommend these for sure. Same goes for a chain - I've been pulled out from a ditch, very handy. For extra traction I've used car shoe mats that are always in the car anyway: they help you to get out from a small ditch. Snow shovel is a must too.
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Re: Car survival kit

Post by LRacicot »

Yikes! I'm in big trouble on this front!
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